NUJ Opens Condolence Register As Tributes Pour In For Late Hyacinth Umeh
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ has opened a condolence register for late colleague, Hyacinth Umeh who passed on on Thursday even as tributes pour in to in honour of the deceased.
Late Mr Umeh who was a members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, FCT chapter, passed on on Thursday last week after brief illness.
The condolence register is opened at the FCT Council office of the NUJ
A release from SWAN FCT notes that tributes have continued to trickle in following the death of Hyacinth Umeh, former Financial Secretary of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter.
Aged 51, Umeh passed on last Thursday as a result of complications after kidney dialysis, a week after his birthday.
Already, many sympathisers including friends and colleagues have reached out to the leadership of the association in the nation’s capital in the last few days.
FCT SWAN Chairman, Comrade Ndubueze Chidoka, who expressed shock after the news of Hyacinth’s death was made known to him, said his dedication to duty and resilience at all times will be missed.
“I can’t still believe that our dear colleague Hycinth is no more. Yes, he was sick but showed great signs of recovery before he passed on.
“His death is something that is like a rude shock to me. We rallied for funds and were still rallying for more money from colleagues and friends to enable him take further treatment before the news of his demise came to us.
“We pray that God grants us and members of his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.
Immediate past SWAN Chairman in Abuja, Comrade Kayode Adeniyi, under whose tenure Hyacinth served as an exco member said, “I actually lack words to express how I feel. I was with him in the hospital while he was sick, only God knows why he allowed him to leave us now.
“He was committed to any course he believed in. May his soul continue to rest in peace.”
Umeh was until his death a staff member of Plus TV Africa. He also worked at Silver Bird Television and DAAR Communications PLC (African Independent Television AIT and Raypower fm).
The date of his burial will be revealed by his family in due course.